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Seahawks Migrate East to Meadowlands in Winter

A flock of fearless Seahawks is making an epic cross-continent journey to the meadowlands of New Jersey. To prepare for the great migration, they went up against mighty foes -- Panthers, Cardinals, Jaguars, Falcons, Colts, and Rams. They’ll face fierce competition from the Broncos for the turf.... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  humor, sports

Riding with Red-tails

Traveling home after a flight into Seattle’s Sea-Tac airport, you might share a ride on the shuttle with a Red-tailed Hawk! To protect passengers, planes, and birds, airport biologists Steve Osmek and Bud Anderson capture raptors for relocation away from the airport. Then, as a public service,... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  environmental champion

16-Year-Old Aaron Gyllenhaal Sets New Birding Record

Aaron Gyllenhaal is only 16 years old, but he can identify more than 1,000 species of birds! In October 2013, Aaron set a new record, having observed more than 276 species in a single year in Cook County, Illinois. Such an accomplishment requires perseverance. Finding a Lapland Longspur, like... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  birding

The Aqua Tower - Architecture with Birds in Mind

The glass and lights of skyscrapers in downtown Chicago pose danger to hundreds of thousands of migratory birds. But the 82-story Aqua Tower is a beacon of a different sort: one for architects embracing bird-friendly design. Compared to some of its neighbors, the Aqua Tower is safer for birds... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  environmental champion

Meet the Blue Jay

If we had to pick one bird’s voice to symbolize our Eastern woodlands, the Blue Jay’s voice would likely be it. And as a frequent visitor to back yards and bird feeders, the Blue Jay is among the most recognized birds of the region. Nearly a foot long, Blue Jays can be loud and assertive when... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  sound

Clean Nestboxes in October

It’s a wistful moment when your backyard birds — like these Black-capped Chickadees — depart their nestboxes. By October, it’s time for one last duty as nestbox landlord: to clean it out. Cleaning will reduce the incidence of parasites in the box and make it more inviting to next spring’s tenants... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  nesting

Rescuing CeCe the Gull

We received an interesting story from BirdNote listener, JoLee Wingerson, in Boulder, Colorado. She wrote about the rescue and rehabilitation of a Ring-billed Gull, nicknamed "CeCe." Read more:On Saturday, July 20, at a reservoir in Boulder, Colorado, a number of people approached an adult gull... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  human interaction, rehabilitation

Birds of the Briar Patch

Uncle Remus told us how Br’er Rabbit fooled Br’er Fox by pleading, “Pleeeeze don’t throw me in that briar patch.” Many birds, like this Song Sparrow, thrive in dense, thorny blackberry thickets. Other birds that make these thorny thickets home include California Quails, wrens, and many kinds of... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  gardening

Bird Rehabilitation at Willowbrook Center

At Willowbrook Wildlife Center in suburban Chicago, there’s hope for birds that have collided with skyscrapers during migration. Today, volunteers from Chicago Bird Collision Monitors have rescued and transported 28 injured or stunned birds to the wildlife center for rehabilitation. Many birds... read more »

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